I’ve not been shooting as much as I’d like the last week or so, but that is in part, no matter how willing my wonderful wide is just to let me use her camera (especially when it comes to taking pictures of the family)…it isn’t my camera and I just can’t develop a rapport with it. The sigma 30/2.8 though I am really liking. The slow camera startup is still bothering me, but I am at least getting used to it. I don’t generally notice the aperature chatter and it doesn’t happen much unless the light levels are changing a lot. All pictures in this post are from the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN.
I did a photo shoot with controlled lighting for my daughters 1 month “birthday”. We have a tradition of doing pictures next to an overlarge stuffed animal each month for the first year to “chart” their growth pictorially (and generally end up a lot bigger than the stuffed animal by a year). I didn’t include that one here (a large owl), but my wife and I decided to shoot a bunch more pictures since the lighting stands and flashes were getting hauled out. S-20 on base stand behind some printer paper to act as a quicky diffuser at full output behind subjects for highlighting, Vivitar 285hv on impact stand and shoot through half umbrella at 1/4 output in front of the subjects. Cactus V4 wireless triggers. An eventual goal/plan is that this fall I’ll get another 285hv, stand and umbrella as well as setting up a hanger and background as well as assemble a few props (at least some things like some short stools) to do pictures in the basement in a setup environment to make backgrounds less cluttered.
I had a chance to do some real outdoor shooting with it under some overcast conditions this past weekend at my older son’s pre-school fundraising carnival.
Both kids love them some planes. However, my older son likes hamming it up, my younger son still thinks that the box with the glass is going to steal his soul.
f/4.5, 1/500s, ISO200
As you can see, even a headshot of a toddler doesn’t lead to terribly pronounced distortion with the lens. A little less than you would see with a 25mm and a lot less than you’d see with a 20mm with similar framing. There isn’t what I would consider flattening of the features at this focal length with a headshot, but there isn’t charicture like distortion either.
100% view of the left eye, click for full size. Granted this isn’t actually wide open (a lot of his face would not have been in focus at f/2.8), but it is only a stop and a third stopped down and it is really sharp. OOC JPEG with no sharpening added.
f/3.5, 1/640s ISO200
f/3.5, 1/800s ISO200
One of the perks that I am finding of the 30mm focal length is that you can be resonably close and still have enough field of view to get a 2 person portrait in. I was sitting on the opposite bench, though not directly opposite my sons for the above picture, maybe 5ft away. At the same time the focal length is narrow enough not to include a great deal of background elements if that is the goal. As one would think, it falls as the inbetween of a 20/25mm and a 45/50mm for balancing distance, field of view, feature flattening and background elements. Kind of just depends on what you need/want.
f/4.5, 1/200s ISO200